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College Football Analyst Releases Bold New Prediction For Ohio State

A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State game.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Ohio State is leading up to the 2018 college football season with some major questions surrounding its head coach, but the Buckeyes are still being projected to be one of the country's best teams this fall.

The preseason Coaches' Poll was released earlier this month. Ohio State came in at No. 3.

The preseason AP Top 25 is set to come out next week. Ohio State will likely be ranked inside the top five in that one, too.

Urban Meyer's team, whether he's coaching it or not, is probably going to be listed as the favorite in the Big Ten and a popular College Football Playoff pick.

Stewart Mandel is seeing things differently.

The Athletic's national college football writer released his Big Ten predictions today. He has a bold one for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes will finish in fourth place in the Big Ten East Division. Yes, you read that correctly, Ohio State, a preseason top-three team nationally, won't even finish in the top three of its own division.

Mandel has Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State finishing ahead of the Buckeyes.

Ohio State finishing in fourth place in the Big Ten East Division would certainly be something.

Urban Meyer has been on paid administrative leave since Wednesday, Aug. 1. The Buckeyes' investigation into Meyer and the program is expected to be completed by the end of the week. Stay tuned.